A classic of its genre from Ryan Morgan,South Down Sinn Féin:
"Last week Newry and Mourne Independent Unionist Councillor Henry Reilly dismissed the claims from Sinn Féin that during the recent Westminster election there had been an unofficial electoral pact between the DUP, UUP and SDLP in south Down. Cllr Reilly is of course wrong as this alliance certainly did exist and it was clearly designed to stop Sinn Féin at all costs. Even he concedes that a ‘significant number of Protestant/Unionist voters did add to the size of the Ritchie majority’ and then went on to remind people that the SDLP are ‘ardent nationalists’."Unless the DUP/TUV/UUP *forced* their supporters directly to vote for the SDLP, then any "unofficial electoral pact" was surely between the electorate (whatever their *community* or religious affiliation) and the winning candidate?
When one heads up to the ballot box, you have (whomever you may have voted for last time, whatever "your" party may advise you and irrespective of your perceived "community" or religion) the democratic right to vote for whom you wish. If "Protestant" voters are happy enough to vote for an unashamed Irish nationalist party you'd have then thought any supposed heir to Wolfe-Tone et al would be happy.
“Sinn Féin in south Down will continue to work on behalf of everyone but unlike the SDLP we will not compromise our principles and determination to achieve a united Ireland just to retain power at any price.SDLP compromised their "principles" by persuading "Protestant/Unionist" voters to vote for them? How do they do that then, I wonder?
"The pan nationalist/unionist electoral pact here in south Down only makes us more determined to achieve our goals and in doing so provide meaningful representation for our constituents."Having a look at the reasons why "Protestant/Unionist" voters are more than happy to vote for the SDLP and not your party might well help you achieve your goal in the long run. But that "pan" nationalism/unionism sounds intriguing, wonder if it'll catch on?